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is a comment from john mccain. >> members of this committee will raise questions reflecting concerns with your policy position. they're not reasonable people disagreeing. they are fundamental disagreements. >> john: that's the man who thought sarah palin was qualified to be leader of the free world. are his position really far out from mainstream on capitol hill. >> the first thing bewildering was that it was not that long ago that john mccain was running for president and suggesting that chuck hagel would make a great secretary of defense. if there is anyone who has turned on his previous beliefs i don't think it's chuck hagel. the interesting thing hagel has been endorsed by dozens of retired generals admirals. the views of being an honest broker to find a solution to the two-state israel-palestine conflict and the pentagon reform needs to be on the table that we have more nuclear weapons than we need in the 21st century. those are all very mainstream views among national security experts and the american people at large. what is going on here is you have some republicans not trying to redef
and business deals. but senator john mccain may have gotten it right when he explained the vote to fox news. >> there's a lot of ill will toward senator hagel because when he was a republican, he attacked president bush mercilessly at one point said he was the west president since herbert hoover. said that the surge was the worst blunder since the vietnam war which is nonsense. and was very anti- his own party and people. people don't forget that. >> john: because for some in the g.o.p., there's nothing more wrong than being right. republicans will continue to punish hagel for the crime of being right. connoisseurs of paranoia likely won't forget another new outburst from the nra's wayne won't pea air. today, he accused president obama of launching "the most aggressive campaign in history to destroy second amendment rights." including -- >> bans on millions of commonly-owned rifles, shotguns and handguns. bans on tens of millions of standard magazines. bans on private transfers. even between family members. >> john: that came after lapierrre published an opinion piece on "the daily caller,"
president biden is saying america is ready for change but senator john mccain seems to think that some action might not even be possible. you might have heard this clip already. at a town hall yesterday a woman whose son was killed in the aurora, colorado, movie theatre shooting asked about assault rifles. this is what senator mccain had to say. >> i can tell you right now you need some straight talk. the assault weapons ban will not pass the congress of the united states. >> john: i respect his desire to be blunt. i don't know that it had to be so belittling. the american people might be ready but is mccain right? congress isn't going to go for it? >> i know karen. i've met her. i've heard the story about alex. i admire what she did to stand up in a public venue like that and share her personal story of a loss in her family. i think more of us should do that in a public way directly to our members. that's why it made me more disappointed with senator mccain's cold response. they don't want their member to react to a constituent in that way. i hope the vast majority of arizonans rememb
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